ERIC Number: ED079575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Correctional Officer Training in Behavior Modification. Final Report (1970-1973).
Smith, R.R.; And Others
A report is presented of the findings from a three-year project to train 40 correctional officers as behavioral change agents. The project had two objectives: (1) to encourage the officers to view the institution as a rehabilitative instrument, predisposing them to learn to use alternatives to punishment and become treatment-oriented, and (2) to teach the officers the fundamental principles and techniques of behavior modification in such a way that they would generalize and be applied to on-the-job situations in a prison setting. Data indicate that both objectives were achieved with the first groups of officers. Trained officers were able to identify specific behaviors with which to work and, under supervision, were able to implement behavior modification projects. When systematically observed on their jobs, trained officers interacted more frequently and positively with inmates than non-trained officers. Inmate evaluators listed trained officers as increasing in general caliber, being less punitive and more concerned with the inmates' welfare. (Author)
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Rehabilitation Research Foundation, Elmore, AL.